Healthy is the New Skinny at Woodland Public Library

The Woodland Public Library was honored and excited to host Katie H. Willcox from Healthy is the New Skinny and her presentation on media manipulation, self-love, happiness and overcoming negative thoughts from society.

Despite the heat, over 65 people, young and old, attended and participated in Zumba, Kickboxing, Yoga, crafts and drank smoothies made from frozen fruit and fresh chard from the library’s garden. We also had a health educator from Yolo County bring information for teens.

The highlight of the evening was Katie’s presentation and the impact she has on young girls and boys and also older men and women, is beyond positive and life-changing. In a post-survey, one 16 year old girl said she “will start being more positive and this helped me  to understand other people’s views of beauty and to change my views to be more accepting of those views.” In other words… True beauty comes from within.

Katie incorporated her personal story as a plus-size model, educated with facts and history, and included personal testimonials from everyday people (every body type) to really get her message across. “YOU are wonderful and can live an authentic and healthy life.”

I admired how genuine and real she was during the event and how Katie took the time to meet and talk with all the girls and people. She truly listened, and made everyone feel valued. We even had some participants that drove as far as Modesto and San Francisco to attend our Health Festival and meet Katie.

All in all, the event was a huge success thanks to Katie, the fitness instructors, teen volunteers and participants. The event was funded by a grant from the California State Library, Friends of the Woodland Public Library and City of Woodland Measure J funds.


Written by,

Rhea- Teen Services Librarian


Katie and Teen Librarian, Rhea


Katie with Hannah and Emily


Katie with TAB members, Elitza, Onica and Roshelle



Zumba dancing with Elsa!



Kickboxing with Marie!


Yoga cool down with Minahki


Book Review- All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou, is the story of a Black American’s experience living in Africa.

“We wore skeletons of old despair like necklaces, heralding our arrival, and we were branded with cynicism…we carried the badge of a barbarous history” The books toys and challenges the idea of home and ancestral roots, and if they are synonymous.

Are Black Americans truly at home in America? Angelou asks this question during her tenure in Ghana. Angelou tells this story almost episodically, reflecting on different events that occurred during her stay in Ghana.

One of my favorite events was when she met Malcolm X. She is skilled in capturing her peers personality, especially Malcolm X’s charisma, cleverly describing him as, “America’s Molotov cocktail , thrown upon the White hope that all Black Americans would follow the nonviolent tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King.”

Although this is a short book, with Angelou’s beautiful prose and purposeful dialogue, this book felt rich, whole, and complete with a compelling final message.

Review Written By,

Sydney,  Age 15

Teen & Young Adult Health Festival!

Our library received left-over grant money from our Skills for Teen Parents Program that we did in the spring. The only caveat was that we needed to use the money for a life-skills program for all teens by this summer.

Trying to create a program in such a short time span and put the money to good use proved to be a challenge, however the Teen Advisory Board and I did it with the help of input from local teens and parents.

An important life-skill for young people today is social media awareness, especially with how much an influence social media can be. Leading a healthy lifestyle is also important so were able to do an event that incorporates both aspects of these seemingly very different topics.

Through the grant, we were able to get CEO & Founder of Healthy is the New Skinny, Katie Willcox, to come speak at our first Teen & Young Adult Health Festival.  Katie is a motivational speaker and model, where she promotes an authentic, positive lifestyle rooted in self-love and not in outward appearances. Her focus is on raising awareness on the harmful effects of social media, particularly on young girls and women and that everyone can achieve a healthy lifestyle.More information on Katie can be found here.

During this event, we will also have local instructors doing Zumba fitness and Yoga classes for teens to participate in. We will have nutritious food and stress-relieving activities hosted by TAB members. Local gyms will also be present. Everything is FREE. While the event is geared towards young people 12 to 21, everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there!

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Art Gallery and Miniature Golf at the Library!

Our awesome teen volunteers had a great time building a 9 hole miniature golf course in the library for Downtown Woodland’s Main Street Open and First Friday Art Walk Event.

TAB members, Roshelle and Onica created the initial map of the golf course and 13 teen volunteers met on Friday afternoon to let their imaginations run wild. Initially, everyone tentatively started to stack books- but Greta, the Library Director, told the teens to really go big. Books, building blocks, cardboard, stuffed animals, paint, and all sorts of fun toys were used and the teens really brought their creative A-game.

Local teen, Arnon Erba  designed the flyer for the event and helped set up the gallery show in the front near the library’s rotunda. Teens also brought poetry, paintings and photography that were enjoyed by all.

About 100 people stopped by the library to see the artwork, play miniature golf and also see the new 3-D printer and test out 3-D pens that will be part of the library’s new maker space, Square One, opening early next year!